atmanam ced vijaniyat
kim icchan kasya va hetor
deham pusnati lampatah
atmanam—the soul; cet—if; vijaniyat—one understands; param—supreme; jnana—by knowledge; dhuta—thrown off; asayah—material desires; kim—what; icchan—desiring; kasya—what; va—or; hetoh—for reason; deham—the material body; pusnati—maintains; lampatah—debauchee.
"If one's heart has been cleansed by perfect knowledge and one has understood Krsna, the Supreme Brahman, he then gains everything. Why should such a person act like a debauchee by trying very carefully to maintain his material body?"
This verse (Bhag. 7.15.40) was spoken by Narada to Yudhisthira Maharaja regarding a householder's liberation from material bondage. On the spiritual platform, one does not unnecessarily care for the body. Srila Narottama dasa Thakura has said, deha-smrti nahi yara, samsara bandhana kahan tara. One who is spiritually situated does not think that he is the body. Therefore he can transcendentally execute severe penances in the renounced order of life. The best example of such renunciation is Raghunatha dasa Gosvami.
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